Finish High School | Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

What We Do

College & Career Readiness offers programs in Adult Basic Education, Adult High School, High School Equivalency (GED, HiSet, TASC) and English Language Acquisition.

Getting Started

  • Potential students are required to attend three days of orientation (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).
  • Please present a valid NC photo ID and Social Security card each day of the orientation.
  • Cell phones or any other electronics are not allowed in the testing center.
  • Orientation sessions generally end promptly at the scheduled time.

Contact Us

Phone: (704) 669-4050

What It Costs

All classes, books and instructional software are free. There is a charge for each equivalency exam, but financial help is available for those who qualify.

Where We Are Located

College & Career Readiness is located on the lower level of the Paksoy Technology Center on the CCC campus. When entering the student parking lot from Marion Street, Paksoy is to the right.

One Student’s Success Story

Claudia Arrez began her educational journey at CCC in 2013 when she entered the English as a Second Language program. After about three months, she was ready to move forward so she enrolled in the Adult Basic Education and the Adult High School program. In July 2017, she graduated with her high school diploma.

Arrez’s motivation for beginning this journey were her children. “It was hard for me to help my children with their homework” she says. “They would ask me questions and I wouldn’t know how to help them.” That has all changed now. “My oldest daughter will show me a problem and now I can help her. I feel better because I can help her.”

Guy Suttle, an instructor, worked with Arrez in our lab and has watched her progress. “When she first came into the lab she had a Spanish/English dictionary she used a lot. By the time she finished there would be days she never opened it or never took it out of her bag.” He goes on to say that working with motivated students like Arrez motivates him too. “You see how hard she is working and that motivates you to work harder to help other students.”

Arrez admits the journey has not been easy. “At first I thought it was hard and I should just quit, but I told myself I have to keep doing this. Even sometimes when I took the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) test I would be sad and think I should quit.” But she kept going, even when friends who started the program with her dropped out, and she made it.

For anyone who is thinking of earning their adult high school diploma or high school equivalency Arrez says they should come to the CCC College & Career Readiness center. “It’s a great opportunity to get an education and be able to help your children. They have everything here, and it doesn’t cost anything. They have good teachers, and they help you a lot.”